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Seagate Hybrid Drive  ST2000DX001 2TB MLC/8GB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s NCQ 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Tested my drive with WD Data lifeguard tools (Since I found out Seatools don't work in 64 bit windows...), no sector errors at all.

Performance is great even for a single HD, but the SSD cache makes this drive really pop. Having the SSD built in at the hardware level is very convenient, there's no fussing about setting up a separate SSD as a cache.

I can pull nearly the same sequential write/read speeds as 2 WD Caviar Blue's in Raid 0 (which is what I'm upgrading from). However, the Seagate boots MUCH MUCH faster thanks to vastly improved random read speed, plus of course the SSD cache. I went from a ~30 second boot in windows 8 to a ~15 second boot, including bios screens.

The SSHD's firmware seems much more solid than the older 2.5 models' firmware (I use one in my laptop). It has more reliably held the Windows boot files than the 2.5" models did, which is what I really want the SSD cache for.

This SSHD is a great option if you don't want to bother setting up a SSD cache, or would prefer to have them in the physical space of 1 drive.

Cons: Copying over 800GB in a single move resulted in a random reboot of the system. I'm not sure if this is a result of my Raid 0 array (which was showing indications of file system instability) or if it was the Seagate's SSD cache/firmware.

Other Thoughts: Was copying over large video files onto the fresh partition at around 165MB/s sustainably for over 1 hour!

Don't expect performance exactly like a SSD (I think this is why there are so many complaints about performance), the SSD is just a cache for often used files, you're going to be getting the HD's performance for most of your not-super-common tasks such as loading game levels or whatnot. The HD's performance is pretty good though, so it's nothing to worry about.

Bottom line: If you can afford the SSD and it has all the space you need, it's still a better choice. But if you can only afford a HD, there's absolutely no reason not to get this one.

Razer Sphex Gaming Grade Desktop Skin
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggs Too many problems 11/28/2013

This review is from: Razer Sphex Gaming Grade Desktop Skin

Pros: This mat is very good at its primary purpose - being a texture that is easy to read for high DPI gaming mice.

Cons: HOWEVER there are many issues with this mousepad that I am very disappointed with
-The glue starts to wear off along the edges after just a month of light use, or no use at all. This was placed on a polished wood desk so there was plenty of physical contact. Washing the backside of the Sphex does not refresh the stickiness of the glue, only removes any particulate that may have accumulated on the underside.
-The sheet of plastic that is this entire product is entirely too thin and inflexible, and once bent will leave a big crease mark forever. This combined with the first point left me with a bent Sphex after only 2 months of use.

When I finally gave up and decided to swap it out with a proper mousepad, it left globs of glue all over the desk surface which had to be scrubbed off. In addition to that, the glue ripped the stain out of the desk so I now have a permanent grid where the Sphex used to be.

These issues ruin this product, if they can be fixed in future versions of the Sphex I might consider getting another.

StarTech Model PXT101NB3S10 10 ft. Standard Laptop Power Cord
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Sturdy cable, but thick 07/29/2013

This review is from: StarTech Model PXT101NB3S10 10 ft. Standard Laptop Power Cord

Pros: A very solid cable that replaced a missing power cable for my laptop charger. The extra 4' is very handy.

Cons: The cable is as thick as an outdoor power extension cable! It's not a big issue but it sure feels excessive for a cable that will never have more than 120 watts running through it.


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Display Name: Devin O.

Date Joined: 05/23/09

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  • First Review: 05/28/09
  • Last Review: 05/05/14
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